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September 23, 2014

The global billionaire population is concentrated in a small collection of cities, new research reveals, with the uber wealthy seeking domiciles that balance business with pleasure.

The global billionaire population is concentrated in a small collection of cities, new research reveals, with the uber wealthy seeking domiciles that balance business with pleasure.

The top five cities for billionaires, according to the Billionaire Census 2014, released by Wealth-X and UBS, are New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, London, and Beijing, which together host 379 of the world’s most wealthy.

July 9, 2014

The size of family business workforces is comparatively static to non-family companies even as revenues fluctuate, according to a new study.

The size of family business workforces is comparatively static to non-family companies even as revenues fluctuate, according to a new study.

Sales and employment changes in entrepreneurial ventures with family ownership,published in the Journal of Small Business Management, found technology-based family businesses in Italy were equally resistant to hiring new staff in times of growth as they were to laying of staff in troubled times.

April 3, 2014

Up to three quarters of British family firms are putting off succession planning, despite listing it as one of the top challenges they face, says the chief executive and founder of a family business organisation, who says fear of retirement, mortality and upsetting family harmony are among the factors driving this inaction.

Up to three quarters of British family firms are putting off succession planning, despite listing it as one of the top challenges they face, says the chief executive and founder of a family business organisation, who says fear of retirement, mortality and upsetting family harmony are among the factors driving this inaction.

February 19, 2014

Muslim women feel more comfortable in Muslim-owned family businesses where they are less likely to be stereotyped as oppressed or lacking authority, according to new research out of a South African university.

Muslim women feel more comfortable in Muslim-owned family businesses where they are less likely to be stereotyped as oppressed or lacking authority, according to new research out of a South African university.

The qualitative research found, for example, that Muslim women felt uncomfortable about the perception of the hijab outside the family business setting, believing non-Muslims saw it as a symbol of oppression.

February 11, 2014

Despite fewer tax incentives and more social services, European and Asian high net worth individuals are almost on par with their US counterparts when it comes to philanthropy, according to new research.

Despite fewer tax incentives and more social services, European and Asian high net worth individuals are almost on par with their US counterparts when it comes to philanthropy, according to new research.

The second annual BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index, released today, ranked the US first across all four categories assessed, which included: their current and projected level of giving as a percentage of total wealth; promotion of philanthropic activities; and innovation.

June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

June 5, 2013

Employees in UK-based family businesses are happier than those of non-family firms, research from the Institute for Family Business has found, and this human capital could be giving family businesses a competitive advantage.

 

Employees in UK-based family businesses are happier than those of non-family firms, research from the Institute for Family Business has found, and this human capital could be giving family businesses a competitive advantage.

May 23, 2013

Family businesses are less likely to fail than their non-family counterparts due to low turnover and higher diversity on their boards of directors, a new study published by business schools at three British universities has revealed.

Family businesses are less likely to fail than their non-family counterparts due to low turnover and higher diversity on their boards of directors, a new study published by business schools at three British universities has revealed.

The research found 80% of family businesses have at least one female director, which had a positive impact on business success as more diverse boards were found to produce less conflict.

March 14, 2013

Wealthy people in the UK would donate more if charitable organisations could prove their impact more clearly, according to a study by New Philanthropy Capital.

Wealthy people in the UK would donate more if charitable organisations could prove their impact more clearly, according to a study by New Philanthropy Capital.

A report by the research and consultancy group found the wealthy were “less satisfied” with the information available to them to assess a charity’s effectiveness compared to those on lower incomes.

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